A silly Thanksgiving…

At our house, we are a bit immature.

We like to have fun.  We don't care about fancy meals and elaborate decorations.  We would rather spend our time on other things.

… such as creating silly things like this:

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Yep, everyone at our Thanksgiving table got a funny-looking pinecone turkey.  The colorful feathers were picked to fit their style.  (Audrey?  Big fluffy pink feathers.  Kay?  Slick blue and purple feathers.  Colin?  Exactly one of each color feather available.)

And mix-matched google eyes added to the fun…

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And, you can see our goofy turkeys looked nice on my mom's classy Thanksgiving table set-up.  (We all went there for her incredible meal.)

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And if our family is a bit nuts, that makes Uncle Mike (my brother) a complete loon – he made this funny looking one, too…

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Colin had fun making them. Yes, he is using a hot glue gun.  But anyone who knows him knows that he is more careful than most adults – no problems.  And this was reason number 1,203,293 that I love the Ranger Craft Sheet – perfect for hot glue.

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And, just to show we have a tiny bit of class, check out this lovely arrangement from Jana.  As Kay says, she is part of our family, without a doubt.  So glad she joined us for Thanksgiving… and that she always adds some class to us.. and laughs at us when we get a bit crazy.

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I am hoping to find some more holiday crafts like this.  If you all have any links, I would love to see them!

Oh, and a few things I have found…

  • Sharon showed me THESE adorable creations on Etsy.  So stinkin' cute!
  • I really like Melissa's idea of using recycled pieces on cards – pieces from previous year's cards or wrapping paper, etc.  You can see them HERE.  What a great way to save some money and time.
  • Gonna get THIS for somewhere in the house.  Maybe every room. :)  
  • If you are looking from some great crafty tutorials, check THIS out.  Dawn offers so much.  (If you need Stampin' Up, she would be a good one to contact – she was demonstrator of the year.)
  • So happy – the Silhouette now has Hero Arts designs.  Some great ones.  Check them out HERE.
  • We steam veggies almost every night (that I cook).  THIS is our favorite spice.  It really adds a fabulous flavoring.
  • I am amazed at how great holiday photo cards are these day.  If you are looking to order some, THESE are amazing.  I always make my own, but am loving on these.

Watching the Incredibles with the girls.  More tomorrow. :)

OH!  Wait.  Anyone local – Stamp Your Art Out is celebrating the release of new Hero Arts stamps on Saturday, December 19th.  I will be doing a free make and take from 10:30am-12:30pm.  Please call them at 513.793.4558 if you plan on coming.


49 CommentsCool links, Other Projects

  1. Sarah M

    LOVE the turkeys! Too funny! :) Thanks for all the links. I think I NEED that prayer one too. :) Can’t wait to open up my Silhouette on Christmas and get me those Hero Arts designs… hearing about that last week was just the push I needed. :)

  2. Adam

    Check out that Tat! He’s hardcore!

  3. Maria

    That turkey idea is so cute! I may have to borrow it for next year.
    Thanks for the awesome links.

  4. Charmaine

    I loved making these as a kid and wish I had thought of them for this year’s table!


  5. Susan McRae

    Love the pinecone turkeys, they are so cute!

  6. those turkeys are too cute. what fun your family must have had with them!

    and i’m pretty excited about the link to the silhouette designs– my husband has gotten me one for Christmas!!! :)

  7. Cynthia B.

    Sounds like it was a FUN Thanksgiving – the pinecone turkeys are the cutest!
    Thanks for sharing the links today too – good stuff. :)

  8. I love these. I’m into goofy stuff like this too! :)

  9. Misty Munn

    lOviN’ tHE fUn anD CReAtiVe tUrKEys :)

  10. Becs Attwood

    Looks like a lot of fun – thanks for sharing!

  11. I love your goofy, silly, wonderful family. And I loved my turkey too! So grateful to be included.

  12. how cool!… colin is sooo dorable.. luks hard at work! :D

  13. the turkey’s turned out so cute ! I am going to have to try and do those for our boys next year..we don’t have too many traditions started just yet, but i am collecting ideas for next year !

  14. ReNi

    wonderful colorful those turkeys. just great!

  15. Heidi

    What a great pictures. You have a lot of fun.

  16. ivy

    i saw the pinecone turkey centerpiece craft idea in a parenting mag but didn’t get around to do it with the boys…..next year! ;-)

  17. lois skiathitis

    Those turkeys are so cute . Oh the memories you have made are precious. Thanks for the links. TFS!!!

  18. Susan McGrann

    Just wanted to tell you that I love the Google Reader. How did I plow through all the blogs before this?! I can’t believe how easy and time saving this is. I also love that it updates on both computers and my phone. Thank you, thank you.

  19. jennifer

    That’s a tradition I hope keeps with your family forever. What fun.

  20. Sue

    Love those turkeys!!!!!

  21. Yolanda B.

    Pinecone turks are so cute!!

  22. Martine

    Those turkeys are so cute! I really like goofy and fun things, I’m kinda like that too ;-) We don’t do Thanksgiving here, but if we did I would love to have them on my table!

  23. Jill

    Thank you for all the time you spend on your blog! Makes me smile every day, and your kids will have GREAT memories of their childhood! :-) Love the turkeys!

  24. I love all the ideas you have given on today’s blog post. It is neat to see what someone else suggests for ideas. I am lovin’ all the home made ideas – that is what Christmas should be about – items made from the heart. Your blog is so inspirational – just love it.

  25. Those turkeys are sooooo cute! My kids would totally love doing something like that.
    Thanks for all you do Jennifer, I love your blog :0)


  26. You really had fun on Thanksgiving… Love to see the cheerful color feathers…

  27. These Turkeys are adorable! Maybe next year….

  28. Rhonda H

    I found a cute, fun and DELICIOUS Thanksgiving project. Family Fun mag had Pilgrim Hat Cookies made from an upside down Keebler stripe cookie with an unwrapped bite-sized Reese’s cup on top. I attached the peanut butter cup with cream cheese flavored ready-to-squeeze icing in a tube. I piped on a yellow icing buckle, but they showed mini Chiclets gum for the buckle. Could’nt find those. Try it. Sooooo cute.

  29. Sandra

    what fun!
    thanks for the links.

  30. Nancy B

    I love your turkeys! I remember making them with my kids, a great memory.

  31. Cathy A

    Jennifer, your pinecone turkeys are too funny for words!! Looks like Colin had a wonderful time creating them!

  32. cindi

    Here’s to being immature!!!! ;) how fun!!!

  33. Laura

    Looks like you all had a great time :)

  34. Leigh

    So cute! Thanks for sharing.

  35. Julie in Edmonds

    I love the unique personalities of your turkeys! :)

  36. Denise

    Your turkeys would be perfect for my nutty family! I’ll have to try to remember the idea for next year.
    Thanks for the giggle!

  37. Kerry

    This is *pure* goofy goodness – absolutely adorable! Thank you for sharing these!

  38. So fun! Yay to being immature!

  39. It’s overrated to act your age! Love the message of this post :)

    I have an idea for ornaments that kids love to make. I made them with my students a few years ago. All you need are toilet paper or paper towel tubes. Cut them into 1/4 inch slices, flatten, paint, assemble into snowflakes, glue together, and then glitter. I have a pic of this on my blog: http://di-myself.blogspot.com/2009/11/homemade-ornaments.html

    They’re easy, green, and kid friendly.

  40. Just darling creations, all the more fun with little fingers helping. Thanksgiving is supposed to be about having fun with the family and it sure looks like you had lots of that.

  41. Karen from Ontario

    what fun! Lookis like you made some great memories.

  42. Miranda

    I love that everyone got to make their own “wacky” turkey. I’m sure it made great conversation at the dinner table. Looks like there’s never a dull moment at your house! Lol

  43. Hi there Jennifer-
    Thanks so much for the “Shout Out!”
    I am glad you liked them..Looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving..
    Thanks Again.

  44. Sandi N.


    Love the silly turkeys! Looks like you had a blast.

    One year in girl scouts we went into the woods and
    found pine cones. We then put a clear glue on all the
    and petals of the cone. Then sprinkled chunky multi. glitter
    on and put a red bow to hang from the tree.

    Candy cane deer for tree or stocking treat. At the top of the
    candy cane (at curve)cut brown pipe cleaner in half and twist
    on both at top. Then on the tip of candy cane glue on red
    pom-pom and above that plastic eyes like the ones you used on
    your turkey.

    Sandi N.

  45. Sharon D.

    I love that the turkeys were customized for each person! What a great family craft! It looks like you had lots of fun – the best ingredient for good memories!

    P.S. Glad you liked the felted creations on Etsy! I SO enjoy your random links that I thought I’d share with you!

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